What Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Jane Birkin have in common is a penchant for straw bags. And they’ve been delivered by multiple designers and spotted on some of the most stylish arms, Alexa Chung is a long-time fan, to make the rustic, lo-fi accessory a key SS17 trend. Much more summer friendly than leather and a textural flourish for any outfit to boot; straw handbags have evolved far beyond the humble picnic basket shape Birkin infused with chic mystique. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, they’re sun-bleached or woven in glorious technicolour and behold the bold new shapes and forward thinking details on top of the already intricate craftsmanship. Making the most of the straw handbag trend is easy on Avenue 32 with our exciting hand-picked edit of international brands and extra-special women’s luxury fashion. Besides sourcing the best bags, exclusively where we can, their creative versatility lends itself exceptionally well to our designer clothing collections. Whether you’re planning to carry yours at home or away, we’ve got the standout styles to see you through this summer in style. Here’s how we’ll be wearing them at every opportunity.
The beach is the straw bag’s most obvious habitat because the natural lightweight material itself conjures visions of tropical paradise. Woven here into a oversize tote that you can sweep in all your essentials for day of sun, sea and sand, the details are dazzling from a distance and close up. Even if you prefer your beach straw bag plain, the black diamond pattern, playful pompom trim and vivid red accents will surely change your mind. The fabulously fray edges are yet another impreesive feature that will hammer home your impeccable satorial taste. Expect compliments and plenty of envious eyes.
Doubling up on straw accessories is a no brainer in sweltering temperatures and we’d recommend one plain piece and one patterned. Straw hats are tasteful portable sun shields: the bigger the brim, the more protection provided and this fedora is a savvy choice. Pick up or clash the black band.
Want to flaunt your pristine pedicure? Opt for these crossover sandals that leave the majority of the foot uncovered and framed in punched black leather. Glamourous with an edge, you’ll love buckling these up for seasons to come. Use them to effortlessly toughen up breezy beachwear and delicate dresses.
In light of exciting new swimwear innovations, it seems like the onepiece just pips the bikini to the post this summer. This swimsuit’s off-the-shoulder neckline takes its cues from the catwalk, artfully highlighted by the zig-zag edge and contrasting colour. Made from the finest neoprene, it will sculpt and streamline wet or dry.
Of all the reinvented tortoiseshell sunglasses we’ve seen this season, these are one of our favourites and were designed in collaboration with It-girl Olivia Palermo. Ticking three major trends at once with the rose mirrored lenses and aviator style bridge as well, these flower-shaped frames are universally flattering.
What do party bags have in common? They’re primed to pack a sartorial punch with delightful details. In this case, the skilful straw weave used to craft the basket box shape is just as admirable as the red tone and vibrant fringed pompom border. Smaller and bolder than your everyday style, party handbags force you to whittle down your contents to the bare necessities. You’ll be able to fit your phone, money, keys, a lip balm but not much else into this one. Wondering whether to remove the shoulder strap? Try it: it’s more ladylike to hold it by the top handle.
Swapping your floral dress for a floral jumpsuit is a no brainer if you want to effortlessly make an entrance. You’ll stand out in a crowd of romantic dresses even if the details of this outfitin- one weren’t so intricate and impressive. Match and clash the trio of vibrant tones.
We can’t recall seeing a pair of fringed earrings as refined and as excellently executed as these. Tapping into two big jewellery trends- two-tone metal and geometric shapes- the dynamic strands are even more eyecatching. Show them off by keeping hair and any headwear away from your ears.
To stop an ultra-feminine look from being too twee, a little leather goes a long way. You might already have a biker jacket in your wardrobe but this one has perfectly shrunken proportions, gleaming silver hardware and bright white trims. It’ll keep you warm and up the cool factor.
White shoes are a summer staple so why don’t you stride through the season in a more creative pair? As minimal as these handcrafted heels appear from afar, the straps boast a perforated flower print and scalloped edging. Pretty and polished, you can wear to work and over the weekend as well as weddings.
The weekend calls for a multi-tasking straw handbag that slots seamlessly into your plans. Enter this structured rectangular tote, complete with a fun pompom ‘HEY’ slogan, that’s big and sturdy enough to carry your shopping, gym kit, laptop, flowers [delete where applicable]. There’s a protective pouch for your valuables and the straps are long enough to fling the bag over your shoulder should it be light. Think of the decorative colour is an added bonus, cheering up its beige straw background and whatever you decide to wear it with. It could even be used it as an overnight bag if you wanted to.
As if cat-eye sunglasses couldn’t get any more covetable and glamourous, this brand had to render them in shimmery rose gold with brown lenses. We can’t think anything this pair wouldn’t instantly elevate and they’re a perfect way to hide tired eyes. We’d recommend keeping them in your handbag.
Weekend jeans are a thing although this mid-wash pair can be dressed up with heels and worn throughout the week. They’re just so easy to wear with a high-waisted, wide legged cut that’s flattering on every figure. Those expertly folded cuffs are tasteful touch and much better than we could manage.
Even though designers are experimenting with gingham big time this season, don’t forget the classic iterations which retain a wonderfully ageless appeal. Here, the squared print is navy and white and therefore supremely versatile, while the boat neckline and puffball sleeves bring this top bang up to date.
Make room for another pair of brilliant white sneakers in your shoe collection because these have an excellent cost per wear ratio. Created with a meticulous attention to detail, note the brand’s signature gold serial stamp, they’re ready to sportily anchor off-duty looks and tailoring alike. Just keep them clean.
Best dressed wedding guests tend to take sartorial risks that pay off and this artful tote could be yours for the ceremonies and receptions you plan to attend this year. We’d wager that few in the well-heeled crowd would consider a straw handbag smart enough for the occasion because of the ‘casual’ material or have the confidence to tout one with conviction. Beautifully constructed with a brilliant textured black trim and dangling pompoms, this hand-held basket chicly holds everything you’ll need: cover-up, extra pair of shoes and all. Let it shine with refined accompaniments- it’s a conversationstarter in its own right.
Move over metallics- there's a rainbow of statement-making earrings worth adding to your jewellery box for a genius pop of colour. We’ve counted six shades in these Art-Deco style earrings- black, gold, green, two types of blue and pink- bringing the gorgeous gold peacock outlined to life.
If you want to go down the demure dress route with added flair, this fluid gown fits the bill. Covered up with a high collar and low hemline, these long cuffed sleeves are slashed to reveal dramatic flashes of skin. What a way to elegantly own the exposed shoulder trend.
The hottest sunglasses around right now are hexagonal, ahead of cat-eyes and round frames, and these are a head-turning example. Gold rimmed frames gain chunky black edges which add a slick, graphic dimension and have tinted black lenses to finish. You can wear these whenever, whereever.
Strappy black heels will never let you down thanks to their timelessness and ability to go with everything in your wardrobe. It’s the little tweaks and twists that set pairs apart- these have a very walkable martini glass shaped heel, hence the name; and textured ankle and toe straps.
There’s no rule that your ‘work’ bag has to be leather, especially now that there are structured straw bags available which exude the same professional air. This clean bucket bag is a case in point: accented with contrasting detachable straps to give you two bags in one- cross body and hand held-instantly. Handmade in Ecuador and big enough to carry everything you’ll need (laptops deserve a more protective bag style), it has an interior pouch, unlike some other straw handbags, to keep your possessions organised. All in all, an inspired choice to summer-ise your work dresses and separates alike.
Striking the right balance between showy and statement is tricky when it comes to work jewellery but these minimal earrings nail it. The unusual geometric shape and two tone metals will make officeappropriate looks all the more interesting and you’ll want to wear your hair up or pushed behind your ears.
The great thing about platform heels is that they comfortably add height, making them the ideal shoes to ground tailored trousers, dresses and skirts alike. This patent T-bar pair, in graphic monochrome, topped with leaf applique was made to be shown off and teamed with tights when the temperature drops.
Don’t let the rose pink hue, a key colour this season, put you off because these trousers will work wonders for your figure. The sharp combination of a high waist, front seam and flared cut will lengthen legs, balance hips and lift behinds. Be sure to tuck your top in.
Take away the buttons and collar of your go-to button down white shirt and you have this elegant alternative. A top you can build countless winning looks around, the elbows ties are a dynamic twist and one of the designer’s signatures which you can knot, bow or leave trailing.
Shop Avenue 32’s handpicked selection of straw bags to nail this summer’s biggest accessory trend. Team them with luxury fashion and our women’s designer clothes to trump any dresscode and sail through the season in style.